All Purpose Cleaner

There are so many reasons to make your own house cleaning products, and so few reasons why you wouldn’t.

For me, the main reason I fought making my own was that it seemed complicated. In fact the opposite is true. After the initial purchase of your staple ingredients, it’s easy.

I think the best way to understand the simplicity is by seeing it, so I made a video demonstration that will (hopefully) help.

Not only does this cleaner work well, it smells great! I usually use lavender, but you can give it whatever scent you like. Another bonus about making yourself!

All Purpose Cleaner

1 Teaspoon Washing Soda

1 teaspoon Borax

½ Teaspoon Castile Soap

2 Cups Hot Water

10 Drops Essential Oil(Lemon, Lavender and Pine work well for this one).

Here are a few side notes that I put in all my home cleaning product posts…….

Why make your own home cleaning products?

1)  It’s good for your health. While you’re cleaning you come in contact with many different chemicals on your skin and through your mouth and nose.  It’s not just one exposure that is the concern, it’s the cumulative effect. Toxins build up in your body over time and are stored in our cells.

Store bought products contain safe amounts of each individual ingredient, but when mixed with many other cleaning supplies the combination may not be safe. If you make your own, you won’t be handling and inhaling toxic fumes while you clean.

2. It’s good for the environment – First, no more empty containers will be going into the recycling, or worse yet the trash. Second, no more harmful chemicals going down our drains and into the water supply.  Many municipal water filtration systems are not designed to remove those types of chemicals. Therefor, they end up back in our water supply. What comes around goes around – whatever we put down the drain will come back in one way or another.

A few things to keep in mind when working with homemade cleaning products…….

1)  Residue – The first few times you use home cleaning products (especially window cleaner) you may notice some residue. There are two reasons for this. First, there is build-up from your previous cleaner that becomes visible. Second, homemade cleaners require a little extra elbow grease. You will have to work that sponge or rag (hopefully not paper towel) a little more, but it’s worth it.

2) Essential Oils – Although they are natural, they can be quite potent, so make sure to wear gloves when working with Lavender and Tea Tree Oil.

Last modified on Tuesday, March 01, 2011


  1. Posted September 19, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Posted By: Erica

    This is cool!

    • stephanie bondurant
      Posted April 4, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Posted By: stephanie bondurant

      Is it 1 or 2 teaspoons of borax?

  2. Paul
    Posted January 19, 2013 at 7:30 am | Posted By: Paul

    Thanks for posting this recipe.

    32 fl. oz. bottle of Castile soap at Whole Foods for $9.99 (before tax).
    76 oz. box (9.5 cups) of 20 Mule Team Borax at Target for $3.50 (before tax).
    55 oz. box (6.875 cups) of A&H Super Washing Soda at Walmart for $3.24 (before tax).

    If I did my math right, this recipe costs less than $0.04 per batch (not counting the cost of essential oils. Where is the best place to get these?).

  3. Alicia
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 9:55 pm | Posted By: Alicia

    I’ve tried this recipe and it works like a dream. However, I’ve been reading up on the use of borax and it doesn’t seem to be as green as people make it out to be. Can you please recommend a substitute for borax? Could I use vinegar and baking soda instead?

  4. Posted February 13, 2015 at 8:29 am | Posted By: Siera Miller

    1:1 water vinegar as a base, I also have lemon juice, baking soda, bronners tea tree soap, hydrogen peroxide, vodka, and a myriad of essential oils.

    Best regards! New Addington Carpet Cleaners Ltd.

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